Hormones are key messengers between your brain and body, and so they are powerful regulators of the body. When the brain needs something done, it uses hormones to communicate the command to the target organ. Hormones are important for various body processes like growth, cell repair, appetite, metabolism, fertility, reproduction, pain regulation and more. Any excess or deficiency can contribute to a variety of symptoms and health concerns.
Hormone deficiencies play a key role in the aging process. Critical hormones such as DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone progressively decline as we age.
Advanced hormone testing (via urine and/or saliva) is considered to be more comprehensive than blood hormone testing alone. Salivary hormone testing reflects the level of free/active hormones, while urine testing can tell us about the downstream metabolites in addition to hormone levels. Blood level hormones are bound and inactive, therefore not as revealing.
Urine steroid hormone analysis, like saliva hormone analysis, is non-invasive and convenient to do at home. Producing a saliva sample is generally easy for most people, but conditions like dry mouth and some autoimmune diseases can make saliva collection difficult. Urine collection is therefore easier for some, although collecting urine for a full 24 hours may be inconvenient.
Urine steroid hormone analysis differs from saliva hormone testing in that it measures conjugated hormones. Conjugated hormones are hormones that the body modifies by adding a chemical (usually glucuronide or sulphate molecules) to facilitate their elimination in urine or stool. The amount of hormone in urine essentially tells us what the body is getting rid of, not necessarily what is available for use.
Our Naturopathic Doctors believe that most chronic disease can be traced back to an adrenal/hormone imbalance, likely caused by prolonged exposure to stress. Yet adrenal health is rarely, if ever, mentioned in conventional medicine for disease prevention or early intervention for a wide variety of health concerns.
Adrenal testing includes: